By Ann Barry
"As beguiling and delectable as France itself."
"Ann Barry tells her story at once and obviously, with no cloying artifice or guile, in order that it has the heat, honesty, and strength of a protracted letter from an previous good friend. She makes her reader a welcome condominium visitor in her much-loved little cottage within the middle of France."
-Susan Allen Toth
Ann Barry used to be a unmarried girl, operating and residing in big apple, while she fell in love with an enthralling residence in Carennac in southwestern France. although she knew it was once the stuff of myth, even if she knew she may infrequently be ready to spend greater than 4 weeks a yr there, she used to be hooked. This lively, eye-catching memoir strains Ms. Barry's adventures as she follows her dream of dwelling within the French geographical region: Her interesting (and frequently funny) tours to Brittany and Provence, charmed nights spent at majestic chateaux and back-road resorts, and quiet moments in cool Gothic church buildings develop into our own.
And because the years cross by means of, and "l' Americaine," as she is understood, returns repeatedly to her genuine domestic, she turns into a recognizable fixture in the community. Ann Barry is a foreigner enchanted with an unpredictable global that turns out continuously clean and interesting. during this brilliant memoir, she stocks the colourful global that's her France.
From Publishers Weekly:
Not each author who owns a home in France publishes a publication approximately its pleasures and pains. Even between such vendors, Barry, a foodstuff and trip author and previous editor on the New Yorker and the recent York instances, is phenomenal, simply because she doesn't truly dwell in her condo in Carennac, a village in southwestern France close to the Dordogne; she purely visits it for 2 or 3 weeks a yr. whilst she is there, she reads, jogs, chefs, hosts acquaintances from domestic and explores the close by areas. simply because her visits are so brief, her studies in her village appear restricted to discovering a neighbor to maintain her keys for her and an individual to storage her vehicle whereas she's away, and nutrition buying at marvelous nation markets. She writes grippingly approximately her look for the simplest bread and vividly profiles typical local forms with whom she is familiar. Her writing ability makes a lot of little.
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